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Halifax Dixie Boys take win, state title

The Halifax County Dixie Boys all-stars are on their way to the World Series after a convincing 11-1 win over Amherst in Carroll County on Monday for the Dixie Boys state championship.

A six-run first inning paved the way for the win, and Halifax County added one run in the second inning and four in the sixth inning for the final margin.

Amherst scored its only run in the second inning with a solo home run by Tyler Baker, but Halifax already owned a six run advantage.

In the top of the first inning, Jakes Hughes reached base on an error, Arthur Watts followed with an RBI double and R.J. Oliver hit an RBI single.

Chase Bomar singled, Ramel Hill reached base after being hit by a pitch, and Oliver scored on a Joey Davis groundout.

JoJo Cassada walked and three runs scored on an error when a single by Layne Shiflet was mishandled.

In the top of the second, Hughes doubled and Watts hit an RBI single to make it 7-0 before Baker homered for Amherst in the bottom of the inning.

Bomar singled in the fifth, but Halifax didn’t add to its lead until the sixth inning when Trip Womack reached base on an error, Hughes singled and Watts hit a two-run single.

Oliver drew a walk before Bomar’s hit plated both Watts and Oliver.

Davis hurled all six innings for Halifax County in the championship game, allowing one run on three hits, while striking out three batters and walking one.

He was aided by a triple play in the first inning after Amherst put two runners on after a leadoff hit and Halifax error.

A 5-3 groundout was the first out of the inning, and a throw home was in time to tag the Amherst base runner.  

A throw to third then nailed an Amherst base runner trying to advance on the play to complete the triple play.